Workfare redux? Pandemic unemployment, labour activation and the lessons of post-crisis welfare reform in Ireland

Michael McGann, Mary P. Murphy and Nuala Whelan have published a new paper on the Covid unemployment crisis. The paper is published in the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, and will appear in a forthcoming special issue on social policy resonses to Covid-19. The paper considers the implication of the current pandemic unemployment crisis for the future trajectory of welfare reform and activation in Ireland, reflecting on how the country reformed its social policies and public employment services in response to the last great recession. It develops upon the authors earlier work in The High Road Back to Work report. The paper is available, open access, from here.

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